Twitter's 'Birdwatch' Feature Mimics Wikipedia, Including Its Failures

Twitter's 'Birdwatch' Feature Mimics Wikipedia, Including Its Failures

Twitter launched its Birdwatch feature earlier this year with media noting the similarities between the crowd-sourced fact-checking process and the open editing model of Wikipedia, a comparison Twitter touted in early demos. However, much like Wikipedia, the Birdwatch platform often serves as a way for users to push their political agenda. Both right and left have taken advantage, though Twitter promises tighter restrictions, which the platform’s history of bias suggests will tilt it towards the left.

With Birdwatch, Twitter is the latest of the Big Tech platforms to look to Wikipedia for a way to battle “fake news” online, something the online encyclopedia’s owners have promoted and now seek to use for generating revenue through a recently-announced commercial service.

In a January blog post unveiling Birdwatch, Twitter explained the service as allowing regular Twitter users to “fact-check” tweets they find misleading. Although the service is currently limited to

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